Tuesday, November 30, 2010

AEDM-Day 30

This is the last day of Art Every Day month.  I just want to say that I have had a wonderful time making art every day, and meeting such new and varied artists.
I am sad to see the month end...
But, on the bright side, I have made some new friends, I have learned new tecniques, and mostly, I have learned that it is OK to put myself out there and try new things...even if they don't turn out so well...
Today i did two drawing with colored pencils...(just couldn't sleep...)
This one is a different version of what I did last week...I am MUCH happier with this one.
Again, the theme is "not yet..." and the balloons represent my family who have passed away.
This one is "fish out of water" because when I started this challenge, that is how I felt.
Everyone here is soo talented, and I felt totally out of my element.
Now, while I know I'm not the next Georgia O'Keefe, I do know that my art is important, that my art matters, and that know one will judge me harshly for putting out there what is in my heart.
Thank you Leah for the wonderful learning experience...if you do creative every day in 2011, I might have to join up...

Monday, November 29, 2010

AEDM-day 29-just a little sketch

I've been watching some online videos on how to draw or sketch things because I am really bad at it...I know what I want the sketch to look like in my mind, but when I try to put it down on paper, my lack of talent poses a huge problem, hahaha...
This is my attempt on sketching a litttle gitl.  The advice was to keep to simple shapes, fiddle with the proportions of things, either too big or too small, so people know that you are making something up and not trying to copy an acual person.
I call her "Girl with curly hair".  I have to admit, the part that gave me the most trouble was the hair...curly just seemed the easiest way to go, but I wanted pony tails.  Something else i will have to practice, lol...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

AEDM---I'm behind...:(

How was everyone's Thanksgiving??  Good, I hope.  Mine was very nice, full of good food and family.  I made dinner which I haven't done in a couple of years, and I found that I actually missed it.  We had turkey, sweet potatos, mashed potatos, green beans, mac n cheese, and corn.  We gave thanks for our many blessings and sent out love to those who have passed on.
So, in all of the celebrating this weekend, I only did 2 art pieces.  I'm not really in love with either one, I'm thinking some tweeking is needed, but the idea is to create something, and I did, so that's a plus...
The first one I did Thanksgiving night after my son and family went home.  I took some pictures of fall leaves I got from Photobucket and glued them down, then just did some doodling.  I used a stencil to make the x marks and used colored pencils for the doodles. 
                                                                                   This is a doodle of an idea I had, but I don't like the way it turned out...I like the idea, so i will try again.  The 3 hearts together represent my parents and sister who have passed on.  Down in the corner is me, being held onto by my granddaughter, cause it is not time for me to be with them yet.

Anyway...that is what I've been up to...can't wait to see what everyone else has done...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Just wanted to tell all my new buddies Happy Thanksgiving.

I thought this year would be a little hard, having just lost my Daddy this past june, but I am doing surprisingly well.  I know they are having a great Thanksgiving in Heaven, and I also know that one day i will see them again.I wanted to take time to list what I am thankful for:
1) My Hubby, Son, DIL, Granddaughter, my Kiki and her family, My cousins Ron O., Donnie and Bobbi and their families.  You have kept me sane these last couple of years.
2) My online friends: Lori, Jilly, Bonnie Rose and the other wonderful people I've met on FB, AEDM, and the Grattitude challenge...you've helped me in a very hard time...I hope we can meet one day in person...
3) all of my friends, past co-workers, and distant family I have been able to reconnect with...I love you all.
Finally, my renewed faith in God and his divine guidance...I'm not going to get all preachy, but let's just say that my faith was lost after Denise passed, but, while I still don't understand, I have come to accept that I'm not supposed too.  He won't lead you to it if He can't get you through it...
Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

AEDM pages 22-23~~The PICTURES!!!

Here are the pictures of my art journal that Blogger wouldn't let me upload last night...
First 2 pics are the pages after a watercolor wash...then I tried to add some sparkle with glitter paint and a stencil...then I just used the stencil brush to add some dots...
the second two pics are the finished pages.  Used Mod Podge to adhere the pics and emphemera to the 2 pages.  I used one of Denise's achievement awards from high school, a award of completion from Vacation Bible school, a flower she made in the 5th grade and a letter my Mom wrote her in a book she gave her for Christmas one year.
Then I added some blue watercolor dots and let them run a little bit. 

I think my next art journal will need to have bigger pages...the ones in this book are 5x7 and I find them a litttle restrictive.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

AEDM--days 22 and 23

4 years ago yesterday, my beautiful, funny sister Denise passed away.  She was 34.  I wanted to honor her memory yesterday, so I started a 2-page art journal yesterday for her.
Unfortunately, blogger won't let me upload the pictures here to show you...I will try again in the morning.
Just wanted you all to know that I am still here and working...just technology getting in the way...

Friday, November 19, 2010

a little rant...

In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage.

Robert Anderson

This is where I'm at today...I'm not going to go into a lot of details, but sufice it to say that today looking for "grounds for marriage" is going to be a little difficult.  I know that all couples have their ups and downs, and I'm not stupid, I know that everyday isn't going to be a fairy tale, but these last couple of months have really been trying for me and all I really need is a little patience and a little understanding.  He thinks that everything should be "normal" now...that after 4 months, I should be over my grief...that I should just "shake it off" when those sad moments happen.  I try...I really do...but I'm a very emotional person.  I cry at tv commercials, for cripe's sake...
I know that grief takes time.  He thinks if we just act like nothing happened, life will go back to normal.  He doesn't get that for me...life will never be "normal" again.  Maybe he does know that and it freaks him out??  I don't know cause he won't talk about it. 
I just keep hoping that when we sell the house in Fullerton, it will feel like closure and we can start working on our own lives again...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

AEDM--Day 18

Todays art is a collaboration between myself and Rosie, my 18month old granddaughter.
When my sister and I were little, we would do these scribbles and then color in pieces and pretend they were abstract art.  I'm not sure why we started this, except that maybe we knew niether one of us could draw at all, lol.
This afternoon, I had given my Rosie a pad of paper and a pencil and she did the usual scribbles of a baby.  As I was looking at them, I remembered this childhood activity.  I gave my sketchbook to Rosie and let her go at it.  This is the result...I just colored in certain pieces with colored pencils...I think I will use her help in the future...who knows, maybe all the talent I wish I had, she does...

A picture of my future artist...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

AEDM--Days 16 and 17

I've found that a lot of times when inspiration hits me, I will put off creating in my art journal because I haven't got a background, and I am too lazy to get out all my supplies to do one.  So last night/early this morning, while hubby was asleep, I decided to do a couple of background pages and plan ahead.
This first one i just painted color where ever.
This one is in yellow and blue, it's a bit more organized for something specific.
This is my version of a rainbow.  I like to use the watercolors because of the way they run together and mix.
I really enjoyed doing this so I'm sure I will do some more today.
It will make journaling a lot easier when it is spur of the moment!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

AEDM--Day 15

Today my AEDM is a sunflower.  I LOVE sunflowers, but I cannot draw them. 
This is a practice sketch I did this morning.
It's OK, I guess, I need to practice the flower leaves, they always bunch up on one side...:(

Sunday, November 14, 2010

AEDM--Day 14...

I know it's kinda late to post my AEDM...but I'm on the west coast, so it's not midnight yet...
Today was a crazy busy day...but I did a little doodle drawing...
It is based on a card I saw at Target this afternoon...my drawing skills are non-exsistent, that's why I like scrapbooking and art journaling...you don't have to have great skills to do either one...I can put some stickers on a page or swirl some paint together, and I have made art...

Friday, November 12, 2010

AEDM--Day 12...

Here is my completed piece...I call it "girl picking sunflowers".  I like it...it is my first attempt at potraying an actual scene.  the girl is done on another peice of watercolor paper and then glued on to the background.  I will play around more with this kind of thing...practice makes perfect...

AEDM__Days 8,9,10,and 11...

For all my Art Every Day friends...I don't want you to think I've wandered away...I'm here and I'm still doing art...it has been a very busy week, so I haven't had a lot of time to create and I couldn't load up my pics cause my computer died...but I'm back...with a new computer...so here is what I did this week...

Sunday night I had a dream about a project...just a finished piece that I had created and was very happy with.  That image stayed in my mind all morning, so I decided to see if I could do it...here is the results so far:

Monday--a background of watercolor wash green
Tueseday--the girl
Wed.--add some sunflowers to the background (pen and foamies)
Thurs.--add some texture and pattern to girl's robe. (paint and glue sparkles)

So that's what I have done so far...Today I'm going to try and finish her up...stay tuned...

Monday, November 08, 2010

30 days of Gratitude--Day 8

This is what I am thankful for today...my "winter" mug...
Every year, around the time of the first rain, which we had this morning, I get out my "winter" mug.  My Mother gave it to me one year, and I LOVE it!!
It is huge, and has a big handle I can get my whole hand in, so I can cup it better and feel all of it's comfy warmth.  This morning it has orange spice herbal tea in it, but it also likes hot chocolate, pumpkin spice tea, hot apple cider, and once in a great while, plain ole coffee. (I'm not much of a coffee drinker at all...)
It is a great way to start a cold or dreary day.
Everyone should have one...:)

Sunday, November 07, 2010

30 days of gratitude...day 7

No pictures today...it is hard to put into words what I am grateful for today...much less find a picture to capture it.  Today I am grateful just to be.  I am grateful for my life, for the advantages I've had along the way, a set of wonderful parents, a beautiful sister, the great extended family I had growing up, all the stories of things past, the long talks I used to have with my Grandmother when i would visit her after visiting the library, the childhood I was allowed to experience, just all of it. 

My childhood and my parents helped to shape me into the kind of person I am now, for good or for bad.  I like to think I turned out OK, lol...Don't get me wrong...there were bad times...but my parents did their best to shield my sister and me from the worry and fear I am sure they felt at times.  When I was in high school, my Dad was laid off from his machinist job and was unemployed for a good 2 years.  They did their very best to make sure we still had the basics and that life was not disrupted for us.  My Mom clipped coupons, shopped at sales, sewed our clothes, and many other things so we did not feel the pressure.  My Dad did odd jobs, painted houses, delivered newspapers to help make ends meet.  From them I learned determination, pride, honesty and teamwork will almost always get you through anything.

I know that even though they have moved on to a better place...I will be OK.  That's what they taught me...and for that I am grateful...

Saturday, November 06, 2010

AEDM...Day 6

Fooling around with the options on my Paint program...
I LOVE the way it turned out...
I may do this to all my photos, LOL...

30 Days of Gratitude Day 6...

Today, this is what I am grateful for...
Yes, I like the extra sunlight, but I LOVE the extra hour of sleep we get back.  Daylight savings is always tricky for me, because I am a night person.  I am always up till 12 or 1 am, unless it has been a really hard day.  Losing that hour every spring kills me!!
So, YEA!!!!   No more daylighr savings!!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

AEDM ~~ Day 4

Here is my AEDM for Nov. 4th.  I am super busy today, it is my 27th wedding annivesary, so I just did a couple of doodles today.  I remember in high school, I would do these  really elaborate flower doodles with different color pens and pencils during the boring classes. 
Somewhere, I stopped doing doodles. 
I think I'm going to start again...it is fun, you don't really have to think about it, and you can doodle almost anywhere...

30 days of Gratitude--day 4

Today is my wedding anniversay.  I have had the good fortune to be married to this man for 27 years now.  He is who I am thankful for today...
I met him when I was 16 and although I didn't fall immediately, he kind of found his way to my heart.  He put up with a lot of questions and doubt from my parents who were not thrilled that their 16 yr old had a boyfriend who was 24, but he stuck it out.
We are different in so many ways, and the road has been a bit rocky, even now, but we try to work through the bad and have even had mini seperations.  Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is give them time to breathe.
Today, on my 27th anniversary I am thankful for the home he has provided, the strenghth he has given me, especially these last couple of years, and the things he has taught me about life and love.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

30 Days of Gratitude--day 3

This little girl is what I am thankful for today.  She is Rosie, my granddaughter.
My son told me that he and his girlfriend were pregnant the day after my Mom passed, Aug. 13, 2008 and she was born March 2009.  Waiting for her arrival gave me much needed hope during a very trying time.  (We lost 5 family members between Aug. and Dec. that year...)
Having her here and having the utter joy of taking care of her while her parents worked has literally brought me back to the land of the living.Here are some more pics of my Favorite girl...
going down the slide at John's Incredible Pizza
Inspecting Grandpa's handiwork
Ready for her donkey ride
With Great-Grandpa at Christmas (my Daddy)
Not too happy about having gotten her picture taken...

Art Every Day...days 2 and 3

This is my project for day 2 of AEDM.  It is a picture of my sister, my mother and myself from about 20 years ago.  It was my Mother's 50th birthday.  I love this picture because we were so happy that day and we are all so young!!  I look at it and can NOT believe that it was 20 years ago...it really feels like last week.
The page itself is pretty simple.  A watercolor background, a picture of us, some heart stickers, and my writing.
This is day 3.  The quote in the star is this: "If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life,your tears will prevent you from seeing the sun."
I LOVE this quote.  I feel like I am finally starting to see the sun again, even with the passing of my Father this June.  The grief I feel from his passing is more intense than from the others, but it is not present all the time like the others.  It is also different cause I know they are all together, and I have 4 AWESOME guardian angels!!
This page is a mask...I taped a chipboard star to the page and then did a watercolor wash.  Take off the star to reveal the journaling space.  Added some star and a butterfly stickers and some bling to jazz it up.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

30 Days of Gratitide~~day 2~~

Good Morning all...I hope everyone plans to get out and vote today...
This is day 2 of 30 days of gratitude and I selected this flag to represent what I am grateful for today.  I am grateful to live in a country where democracy rules and where even if you don't agree with the other side, they will take time to listen you.
I am grateful to live in freedom and I am exceedingly grateful to the brave men and women to fight to keep us all free.
(This flag was flying outside of my polling place this morning)

Monday, November 01, 2010

30 days of Gratitude

So I've found another challenge, thanks to my blogger friend, BonnieRose, called 30 days of gratitiude.  I like this concept for two reasons:
1) We can always use something to help us be more grateful in life.  I know for me, personally, I tend to take things for granted.
2) I love taking pictures and need something that will help stimulate that creative part of me.  And get me some practice, LOL...
The prompt for today is Home
This is a tree in my yard.  Every summer we cut it back to the limbs and every "winter" (We use the word loosely here in Southern California, lol...)It has grown back almost as big as when we cut it down.
I LOVE that.  To me it symbolizes the determination this tree has to be as big and bold as it knows it should be.
I take a certain strength  from that.

Art Every Day~~Day One~~

This is my entry for the first day of Art Every Day month.  It is a page for my art journal.  I am seriously thinking about doing a canvas some what in this style and wanted to try it out first. 
It is a picture of my beautiful Mother, Rose, taken about 7 months before she passed.  The background is a watercolor wash, purple and blue.  I added some blingy rinestones to simulate stars, added a crown, cause she was and always will be my Queen Mother, and wrote down some words that capture her spirit.  "Family", "Laughter", "Respect"
I like the way it turned out...may make some changes for a canvas, but all in all, I like it.
I hope you all do too...